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Capelin Season Begins in Iceland

The first capelin caught in Iceland this season was unloaded by Börkur NK in Neskaupstadur, east Iceland, yesterday evening. The capelin season is in for a successful start; nothing had been caught this time last year.


Capelin. Copyright: Icelandic Photo Agency.

The nearly 500 tons of capelin was caught by the crew of Börkur NK close to the uninhabited island Kolbeinsey northwest of Grímsey island. Two other capelin ships, Faxi and Ingunn, are also fishing there, reports.

Ingunn has caught 700 tons so far and is expected to unload the catch today. According to captain Gudlaugur Jónsson, fish-finder equipment shows that there is a lot of capelin around, but it is rather scattered and located at a considerable depth, which makes fishing difficult.

Last year it appeared as if there wouldn’t be enough capelin to issue a quota, but then the luck turned late in the season.

Click here to read more about the last capelin season.

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